Sunday, September 2, 2007

Home Improvement?






All the properties on my block look very similar. As that does not suit me at all, I finally got up my nerve and did something about it. I now have a bright purple mailbox and , as my daughter says, we are the only ones on the block! Perfect.


In other, more disturbing, news, I've planted my first vegetable garden ever and it has been ransacked by raccoons! I know I'm the only adult out there who's never done this. I'll blame it on growing up in a city. It's actually fear of failure. Anyone who's ever put in a garden knows how much time it takes. I've watered and weeded and mulched and was really hoping for the best. My serrano pepper plants have no peppers. My very large pumpkin vine is growing no pumpkins. My corn stalks- they were looking good! Then yesterday I paid my garden a little visit, only to discover that our nocturnal friends have been enjoying corn on the cob. They actually peeled back the husks, ate the corn and then put the husk back! This may not be news to anyone but me but I was pretty bummed. Next year, chicken wire....

4 comments:

Pretty Fun said...

Argh, how frutrating. that kind of happened to me one time when I had planted flower planters for my deck and then intrusted my brother to water them while I was on vacation. Well, I came to dead plants.

crimsoncat05 said...

love your purple mailbox! We got rid of our builder's landscaping and planted cactus, for the very same reason! (I actually drove past our house a couple times because it looked just like everyone else's- isn't that terrible??) Sorry to hear about your raccoons... this always happens to my parents in Illinois, too- my Mom trapped squirrels all summer long to keep them out of her garden!

ambika said...

That sucks about the raccoons! I'd be so angry. But on the plus side, your mail box is darling!

Dawn said...

I LOVE your mailbox! That is my favorite shade of purple! :)

We have some neighbors down the block with a gigantic vegetable and flower garden--they have sunflowers with blooms bigger than my head, and I'm not exaggerating! I guess raccoons aren't an issue where we live, because everything seems to be growing really well. Chicken wire does seem like a good plan to fix it!

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